About service map
In 2020, RJS4C Ireland began conducting research to identify organisations involved in restorative justice in the criminal justice context, and establish levels of training and use of restorative justice and restorative practices within the Irish criminal justice system.
This research is ongoing, so please contact us if you would like to be included in the map, or if you have updated data or other materials for us to include below.
This research is funded by the Department of Justice.
The mapping of restorative justice is provided for in our Collective Strategy for Ireland, 2019-2023 under Strategic Pillar 1: Accessibility. It arises from an observation by stakeholders that limited information was publicly available on restorative justice services and on the use of restorative justice and practices in Irish criminal justice.
We divided participants into three groups: criminal justice agencies and services providing restorative justice services; criminal justice agencies and services using restorative approaches in their work; and bodies and networks supporting restorative practitioners. For each, we also publish a narrative overview and summary table.
Initially, we developed and piloted a standard template to collect these data, and populated these templates using publicly available information and our personal knowledge. We then wrote to the heads of services and networks to seek information about their training and use of restorative justice and restorative practices. These persons corrected and expanded on the information we collected, adding statistics and other unpublished data. We had an overwhelmingly positive response to our requests for data and are extremely grateful to all contributors. They had an opportunity to see final versions of their profiles before these were uploaded to the website. Not all feedback could always be accommodated in the interests of standardisation, comparability and size limits, and we accept responsibility for any errors or omissions.
The results of the mapping exercise are presented in the following pages. These pages will be updated regularly as new or amended information is received. We continuing to seek further information from stakeholders to update or expand the map, so please get in touch if you would like to contribute.
New service profiles are added to the mapping exercise regularly, but Group Overviews and Summary Tables are updated to reflect new additions only periodically. The Overviews were last updated on January 31st 2021, since which Release and the Solas Project have added new service profiles.